7 Dangerous Myths About Breastfeeding

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Dangerous Myths About Breastfeeding
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Simranjit Kaur

Simranjit Kaur

Mother of one, Master of Education with specialization in child-psychology. After becoming mother, I met with real me. I am now learning new concepts of parenting every fresh day and sharing my experiences with other mothers. I believe, one of the most important things that you, as a parent, should work on is - your child's psychology. Understanding the child-psychology will help you build stronger bonds and know them better.

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After baby’s birth, you can easily hear mothers talking about problems associated with breastfeeding such as no or low breast milk, poor quality breast milk, and many more. A few say that you are not supposed to breastfeed if you are sick or on antibiotics. I took these questions to an expert and she told me that these are nothing but dangerous myths about breastfeeding.

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1Myth – The baby should be put on the breast for 20 minutes at 3 hours.

Reality: This is nothing, but a myth.

Nowadays breastfeeding is advisable, because a healthy baby knows best when it is hungry when it needs to suck when it is full. By breastfeeding on demand we prevent obesity, respecting the child’s needs, and not requiring the consumption of a certain amount just because that is the recommendation for his age or weight.

The numbers in the books are indicative, each child is unique and has different needs from those around him. A baby can suck 1-2 minutes of thirst, then hungry after half an hour for a longer time. As long as the weight increase follows a certain curve on the growth chart, there is no need to intervene.

2Myth – During breastfeeding, you are not allowed to eat raw fruits and vegetables so your baby does not have colic.

Reality: This is nothing, but a myth.

Breastfeeding is not a disease, it is a physiological stage, the mother can consume any food, but with moderation. The nursing mother can have a varied and balanced diet, following the possible effects on the baby.

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3Myth – My milk is not good!

Reality: This is nothing, but a myth.

If your mother is healthy, her milk is perfectly suited to the child’s needs, so she is the best food for her baby. Even when the mother is tired, breast milk is the best.

4Myth – I do not have any milk anymore.

Reality: This is nothing, but a myth.

Only an extremely strong shock can drastically reduce dairy secretion normally. A healthy baby will suck as much as necessary and that amount of milk will be restored to the next meal. If for some reason the child’s needs are higher, breastfeeding on demand will cause the baby to loosen the breast more often and thus increase milk secretion.

5Myth – Bottle feeding does not affect breastfeeding.

Reality: This is nothing, but a myth.

Milk bottle offered to the baby may result in weaning in the coming weeks. If we offer a baby bottle of milk powder when we feel it is hungry after sucking (instead of moving it from one breast to another until it sips), we make the break between the meals longer because the milk powder is digesting more hard.

At this time, dairy secretion is not stimulated by emptying the breast, so it decreases additionally, the baby who has received a bottle can have difficulty catching the breast and extracting milk, which will shake it and prevent it from sucking, -a vicious circle in which from a milk powder bottle we soon get to the gradual replacement of the breast with milk powder.

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6Myth – If the milk is transparent, it’s not good.

Reality: This is nothing, but a myth.

Milk from the beginning of the sucking is more watered and is meant to satisfy the child’s thirst. If the baby is left as long as he wants to breastfeed, he will continue to suck if he is hungry, extracting the finer, whitish, fat-rich end-to-end milk to provide him with a caloric intake.

7Myth – If I’m cold, I can not breastfeed. Even if they take antibiotics, they can not breastfeed.

Reality: This is nothing, but a myth.

Viruses or bacteria stimulate the production of antibodies in the mother’s body, which will flow from blood to milk, and from here to the baby, protecting him from the illness.

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Following antibiotic treatment allows in most cases breastfeeding, even if the package leaflet mentions that it is not recommended during breastfeeding. You can ask for a lactation consultant who will tell you exactly the risks for the baby.

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Simranjit Kaur
Mother of one, Master of Education with specialization in child-psychology. After becoming mother, I met with real me. I am now learning new concepts of parenting every fresh day and sharing my experiences with other mothers. I believe, one of the most important things that you, as a parent, should work on is - your child's psychology. Understanding the child-psychology will help you build stronger bonds and know them better.